Women’s tennis extends Big Sky winning streak to 108

Patricia Carpenter

Sacramento State women’s tennis defeated Idaho State 6-1 on Sunday, remaining undefeated in the Big Sky Conference (3-0) and extending the programs consecutive wins conference-play to 108.

Head coach Dima Hrynashka said he is satisfied with how the women have played this weekend. The Hornets displayed more confidence and experience, and they now have a 4-7 overall record.

The Hornets were challenged again in doubles action, but the women came out with the point as they swept the Bengals at 8-2 in all three matches.

Sophomore Jennifer Nguyen shook off her shaky performance from the previous day and came into singles match No. 2 by defeating the Bengals Marian Tangarife in straight sets at 6-0 and 6-1.

“I knew I would be able to win a couple of matches and get my confidence up,” Nguyen said.

Nguyen was in control throughout her matches Sunday and was hitting the ball better. On Saturday, she kept coming up short in her shots, but has since refocused on hitting deeper to avoid shots into the net.

“For me it was more important that I get some wins because I only had one before I came in,” Nguyen said. “I had lost a lot of close matches against other schools and it was good to finish it off.”

Senior Sophie Lohscheidt sat out of Sundays competition to recover from right shoulder soreness and inflammation in her right arm. The captain rallied around her teammates as she cheered for them from the sideline.

Lohscheidt should be well rested for the team’s next match Tuesday.

Freshman Emily McColl replaced Lohscheidt in the lineup in the No. 6 singles position. In her debut performance, McColl played well, but fell against the Bengals Zamira Vasquez at 6-3 and 6-4, recording the Hornets only loss.

Sophomore Olivia Boija moved up to singles position No. 5 and continued her dominate play, defeating Idaho State’s Wiebke Boeckmann at 6-1 and 6-0.

“I felt good, I was excited,” Boija said. “I was a little bit sick this week, but I (had to) forget about it and play.”

Boija is now 8-1 overall in singles competition.

“We were a little bit nervous (coming in), because we have lost many hard matches against ranked teams, but (those matches) were really close,” Boija said. “We’re really strong this year, we were really confident and super excited (entering conference).”

The Hornets will continue their homestand Tuesday against UT Arlington at Rio Del Oro Racquet Club. The match begins at 2:30 p.m.